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EDC tents sent from Las Vegas to Bahamas to shelter storm victims

Updated September 27, 2019 - 11:55 am

Camping structures that in May housed thousands of Electric Daisy Carnival festivalgoers in Las Vegas are now set up in the Bahamas, sheltering families displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

Insomniac Events, which organizes EDC Las Vegas, shipped 750 “advanced shelter systems” last week from the company’s Las Vegas warehouse to Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. The move came after the Love & Life Foundation in Florida asked the company for temporary housing help after thousands were displaced by the Category 5 storm.

EDC also hosts a festival in Orlando each year.

Each shelter is weather resistant and provides about 144 square feet of space. They were shipped by truck to West Palm Beach, Florida, then flown to Freeport and Marsh Harbour.

According to Insomniac, the donation was permanent and the shelters should last about one to three years. Most were set up near a local church where people were taking shelter.

“Insomniac strives to bring happiness to millions of people around the world. When we got the call to help with this relief effort, we didn’t hesitate,” Insomniac founder and CEO Pasquale Rotella said in a statement. “Creating family shelter communities is something we knew we could provide both expertise and resources for.”

Insomniac was not the only Las Vegas connection to provide aid in the Bahamas.

Celebrity chef Jose Andres, who is behind several restaurants on the Strip, also has helped serve more than 250,000 meals in the Bahamas following the hurricane.

The effort was part of his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, which helps feed communities in the wake of disaster.

Contact Rachel Crosby at rcrosby@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3801. Follow @rachelacrosby on Twitter.

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